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European Union Proposes Aniline Limits for Toys

May 13, 2016

The European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardization AISBL (ANEC) has published a position paper that calls for an aniline limit for toys intended for use by children under 36 months of age, or in other toys intended to be placed in the mouth.

The organization recommends:

  • Limit of 30 mg/kg for toy articles made of textile and leather in line with REACH provisions for carcinogenic primary aromatic amines released from azo colorants including any "free" aniline;
  • Corresponding test methods given in EN ISO 17234-1 for leather and EN 14362-1 for textiles adapted to detect aniline;
  • The application of the provisions included in EN 71-7 on finger paints (i.e. 10 mg/kg for the "free" aniline and 30 mg/kg for aniline cleaved from azo dyes) for all liquid toys

ANEC also suggests a broadening of the proposed limit on toy articles made of textile and leather to other materials to initiate a broader discussion on colorants and related substances in toys.

The paper was published on April 15, 2016.